M2L ULTRA 2021 – Government Announcement on 22/02/2021

‘Manchester to Liverpool Ultra’ 2021 Race Update

Dear Participant,

I hope you and your family are keeping well through these difficult times.

On Monday 22nd February 2021, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, announced the easing of the National Lockdown and easing of the COVID-19 restrictions in England.  It is expected, that on the 29th March, outdoor running events will be permitted providing the virus is under control across the UK.

Decisions on lifting restrictions from the UK Government will be made based on four tests: 
1: Vaccine deployment continuing successfully 
2: Evidence shows vaccines are sufficiently effective in reducing hospitalisations and deaths
3: Infection rates do not risk a surge in hospitalisations which put unsustainable pressure on the NHS 
4: Governments assessment of risks is not fundamentally changed by new variants 

To help provide participants with an update regarding the upcoming Manchester to Liverpool Ultra, we are now awaiting confirmation of the return to competition from UK Athletics (UKA), English Athletics and the Trail Running Association (TRA) including the definition of ‘formally organised events’ and any travel restrictions that may apply and will update M2L Ultra participants as soon as we have this information.

We also understand that accommodation will not reopen until the 12th April which will mean that participants who are hoping to stay over in Manchester or Liverpool before or after the race, will not be allowed (except for essential or work reasons).  We request participants to adhere to the law and not book any accommodation for the race.

There are also possible issues with participants travelling to the event from outside of the local area. Hopefully, the UKA and English Athletics announcement will provide more clarity here.

As the race date for M2L currently falls outside of the current lockdown restrictions timeframe we are currently working towards the event going ahead on Good Friday 2nd April 2021, and we are confident that we have everything in place to hold a COVID secure event, providing Government and local restrictions allow.

Therefore, we understand that some participants may still not be able to make the event, together with the impact on training for the event due to restrictions on movement, and as such we would also like to extend the options below to participants at this time.

At this stage, we can offer the following options to all entrants of the 2021 M2L Ultra race:

Remain in the 2021 M2L Race
Your current race place in the 2021 event will be maintained.  Further Race information and your unique starting time closer to the event date.
One of the aspects of ensuring our event is COVID secure and compliant with Government Guidelines is the introduction of a staggered start to the event from 6am-8am.  
Start times will be dictated by your ‘marathon personal best’ time order. If you are planning to remain on the start line for the 2nd April 2021 date, we need you to update the following details on your existing race entry (please don’t send this information via email to us):
Fastest Marathon Time (in hours and minutes).
Full postal address for your Bib No (with timing chip attached) to be sent to.
This can be added to your existing race entry by updating your original race entry HERE.  Please note that your login details have been supplied in your confirmation email.  This can be resent on request.
Failure to supply this will result in you being allocated a start time in the final wave.

Defer to the 2022 M2L
The 2022 edition of the M2L Ultra will be held on the provisional date of Good Friday 15th April 2022 – subject to Manchester United’s event fixtures.  
By choosing this option, your place will be deferred to the race next year and your place on the start line will be secured.

Receive a voucher
You can opt to choose a voucher for the value of your original race entry fee. This can be used towards any future GB Ultras event until 31/12/2023 (subject to availability of places). Alternatively, the voucher can be used towards purchase of GB Ultras merchandise or entry to one of our virtual races.

Transfer to another runner
If you wish to transfer your place to another runner, you can do so no later than Friday 12th March 2021.  Any requests submitted after this date will not be accepted due to Bib No allocation and postage and due to our COVID-19 safety procedures in place.
Transfers can be completed via the link in your race confirmation email that you received upon sign up.

What we need you to do now:
Please email events@gbultras.com with the following information, no later than Friday 12th March 2021.  If we don’t receive your option choice by this date, we will automatically keep you in the upcoming the 2021 event.
Full Name
Email address used to sign up to the event
Option Chosen
If remaining in the 2021 race, please ensure that your marathon PB has been updated on your race entry
**Please ensure you email events@gbultras.com and not the ‘no reply’ email address this email has been sent from**

For more details on how our 2021 events will be COVID secure please visit our website – https://www.gbultras.com/covid-brief/

Please note that any last-minute Government changes in the lead up to the event could lead to a late postponement by the GB Ultras team. Should this happen all participants will be notified by email outlining the options available to them at that time.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding through these extremely challenging times and we are doing everything in our power to provide the events that we know our runners love and are working tirelessly to make events happen again.  

GB Ultras 
Wayne Drinkwater – Race Director

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